If you are considering a career in healthcare documentation, as a medical transcriptionist or speech recognition editor, it is important to be well informed about the industry, the profession, and the educational process for your career. To assist you in an organized approach to gathering information, we’ve provided a step-by-step process below.
Before contacting the association with questions or requests for further information, we suggest that you take the following steps.
Step 1: Learn about the profession and the industry. Download and read our About Medical Transcription informational packet. This will provide you with a wide array of information about the profession, including:
- A description of what a medical transcriptionist does
- A description of the skills and abilities required of a medical transcriptionist
- Information about the current state of the industry and how the profession is evolving
- Criteria for choosing the right MT school
- A list of AHDI approved schools and discussion of the importance of choosing an approved school
- Information about the RHDS credentialing exam for entry-level certification
- Career path and professional development information
Download the About Medical Transcription packet.
Download the About Medical Transcription packet and review the Career Road Map.
Step 2: Purchase our “A Career in MT: Everything You Need to Know” e-book. This invaluable resource can help guide you through the early decisions for stepping into the dynamic profession of healthcare documentation. How do I find a school? What equipment will I need? What do I have to know? All of these questions, and more, are addressed in this electronic resource, written by MTs with extensive experience in medical transcription and medical transcription education.
Purchase and download the A Career in MT: Everything You Need to Know e-book.
Step 3: Talk to professionals in the industry who can give you personal insight and experience. The best advice about the industry will often come from working professionals. Make contact with a working MT to discuss your career plans and ask questions.
Step 4: Become a student member of AHDI. Once you've made the commitment to step into the profession, have selected an approved school and begin your course of study, invest in student membership in this association. Student members receive many of the benefits of professional membership and also have access to our E-mentoring program, where students are paired with a working MT in a mentoring relationship. Students can also join our New Professionals Alliance, the special interest group run by and for MT students.